Waves Drop Series Opener to Washington 6-2
April 5, 2013
MALIBU, Calif. – Pepperdine scored first, but could not hold off Washington late in a 6-2 setback Friday afternoon in non-conference action at Eddy D. Field Stadium. The Waves (16-12) scored two runs in the first before their bats went silent against the Huskies (8-19).
Austin Davidson (Oxnard, Calif./Oxnard HS) had half of Pepperdine’s four hits on a 2-for-4 day while Kolten Yamaguchi (Kona, Hawaii/Konawaena HS) had the other half in a 2-for-4 afternoon. Yamaguchi drove in both runs with a two-out double down the right field line in the first inning. The Waves would threaten again in the fourth on a leadoff double by Yamaguchi. After a sacrifice, Pepperdine’s catcher was 90 feet away at third base with one out, but the Waves failed to score.
Pepperdine did not manage a hit after the fourth inning and did not have a base runner after the fifth frame. Washington pitching retired the last 13 Waves it faced.
Righthander Scott Frazier (Upland, Calif./Upland HS) turned in a strong start for the Waves in a no-decision, going 7.0 innings, allowing one run on five hits and struck out four and walked two. Frazier retired nine consecutive batters at one point and finished with 97 pitches, 55 for strikes.
Eric Karch (Fresno, Calif./Clovis West HS) took the loss (5-3) going 2.0 innings allowing three runs (two earned) off three hits. Tyler Davis (1-4) secured the win for the Huskies, striking out six in 4.0 hitless innings of relief.
Washington scratched out one run in the sixth and tied it at 2-2 in the eighth as a run crossed on a wild pitch. The Huskies sent eight batters to the plate and tacked on four runs in the ninth to win their second consecutive road game.
Pepperdine looks to even the series in game two Saturday. First pitch against the Huskies is set for 1:00 p.m. from Eddy D. Field Stadium in a game featuring streaming video via WaveCasts.